Here’s the face behind the blog.
Author, On Sutton Place.
Owner, Sutton Place Designs.
Wife, mom, daughter, empty nester and perpetual optimist.
I love my family, my home, my dog and the occasional trip to IKEA.
On Sutton Place chronicles my life as I endeavor to create a classically vintage home on a budget. I share my constantly-changing decor, my love of antique fabrics and collectibles, family recipes, my garden and the occasional DIY project. My husband and I have two grown children who are, without a doubt, my greatest accomplishments. My blog was created with the hope that it would ease the terrible case of empty nest syndrome that was haunting me. To say I was struggling is an understatement.
In January of 2011 I hit publish on my blog. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew, deep down, that I could do this. I was a home decor magazine junkie and devoured every issue of several different publications.
My sewing skills came in very handy as did my ability to use a paint brush. I wasn’t afraid of hard work and I will be the first to tell you that hard work really does pay off. For more on that read The Story of Our House.
After I figured out the technical side of blogging, the purpose of On Sutton Place shifted from something that was about me…to something that was about you. I hope to help inspire you to make your home a place you love…a place that you are proud of and a place that reflects your family. I promise it’s easy. Maybe you are well on your way already and just need a few fresh ideas. I will try to provide those, as well as real life DIY projects. I don’t own power tools and although my husband has many gifts, being handy is not one of them. Most projects I do on my own. Oh…did I say I’m on a budget? So nothing will cost you an arm or a leg. I promise that too.
In August of 2011 I opened my shop, Sutton Place Designs. (On Etsy.) It seemed the natural next step after my blog began to take off. I specialize in handmade, textile home furnishings made from vintage fabrics, antique grain sacks and 100% linen. Here on my blog, I share the joys and challenges of running a creative business. I also introduce new collections and coupons codes.
In June of 2012 I quit my day job and became a full time blogger and Etsy shop owner. It was a leap of faith I took with the blessing of my husband who has been supportive (literally) from day one. Since then there have been ups and downs. The doubts have crept in many times but I always, somehow, push them away and keep going. My most recent leap of faith happened in March of 2014. I left the Etsy platform and opened my own online shop. Although I loved Etsy, I felt like it was the perfect time to strike out on my own. So far things are going very well. As always, time will tell.
Having both a blog and online business has been challenging but I have loved every minute. I was asked not long ago what my dream job would be…and I could honestly say that I already have it. I am living my dream. It can’t get much better than that.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions
To learn more about the house On Sutton Place,
read The Story of Our House or
take one of my home tours.
Here is my photography story.
If you are curious what OSP readers like the best, here are my Top Ten Most Viewed Posts.
Click here for the On Sutton Place Media Kit.